We’re less than a few weeks from the end of the year, and just days away from crowning the champion of this year’s Tune Tournament.
Idle Time’s faculty populated this year’s field with nominations of favorite tracks, grouped into four regions, each memorializing one of the musical icons who passed away in 2016.
Representing San Francisco, and honoring psychedelic rock pioneer Paul Kantner, The Y Axes soared through every matchup. Last year’s champs now have “Monsters” on the verge of another trip to the finals.
But they face competition from Minneapolis native Morly, who won her Twin Cities region and earns the right to represent the hometown of the legendary Prince. “Plucky” is, and then some, trouncing every opponent thus far with at least an 80% share.
The right side of the bracket is a salute to the underdog. Claiming London, and in tribute to David Bowie, Kero Kero Bonito take their infectious “Graduation” from a 16-seed all the way to the Final Four.
They face another 16-seed from the Chicago region. Edamame honors Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White with “Tree Shadows,” the first instrumental track to earn a trip to an Idle Time tourney Final Four.
Cast your votes and spread the word, as both Final Four matchups close on Friday, December 23 at noon.
Only one more matchup to go before we can establish our venerated final four for this year’s Tune Tournament. Which of these two ladies will be selected to rise atop her field of 16 and represent the Minneapolis region?
Will it be Caroline Smith, who recently debuted a new single, “Trying Not To Love You,” from a forthcoming album? Although not yet thirty, she’s already a musical veteran, and our pick for her tournament entry, “Magazine,” is one of our favorite tracks off her 2013 LP.
Or will she be upstaged by tenacious newcomer Morly, whose “Plucky,” from this year’s Something More Holy EP, has been stomping the competition, winning each of its first three matchups with at least an 80% share?
The Hold Steady may claim Brooklyn, but band frontman Craig Finn hails from Minneapolis, thus earning them the right to rep the Twin Cities for yet another round of 2016’s Tune Tournament. After eking out a narrow 55% victory over Sleep Study, “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” moves on to the Sweet Sixteen to do battle with Caroline Smith and “Magazine,” one of the singles off her recent Half About Being a Woman LP. If The Hold Steady pushes through this thing and ends up winning… I’m going to insist that holybee gets the entire song title stenciled onto his person.
The sole first-round upset in the fourth region of 2016’s Tune Tournament belonged to LA-based, Minneapolis-born Katy Morley and her aptly named “Plucky.” Earlier this year Katy, producing as Morly, released the Something More Holy EP, a follow-up to her 2015 debut, In Defense of My Muse, and immediately embarked on a national tour supporting IT fave Låpsley. Don’t let the hushed minimalism fool you; this track has teeth, and Rogue Valley is next up on the menu.
Who moves on to the Sweet Sixteen? Cast your votes and spread the word, as these eight matchups close on Friday, December 2 at noon.
Matchup 1: The Hold Steady – “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” vs. Sleep Study – “Peace and Letting Go”